Thursday, October 17, 2013

Gray Blending: A More Natural Approach - Charlotte, NC

I haven't done many posts on gray blending, but covering gray is certainly the bread and butter of the color business. There are so many ways to do it and it's important to explore the best option for your hair, budget, and schedule. While some may take their gray palette as a chance to explore new color options, most are looking for something that is going to be the least noticeable as it grows out. This is always easier for people who don't have a lot of dark natural color left in their hair and want to be blonde. Through highlights and lowlights you can add varying tones and levels of blonde to help blend the gray without entirely eliminating it. This makes the outgrowth softer, as you do not experience a solid line of demarcation. You can see this in the pictures below.

This is a first time client who had previously had an all over blonde color. She had some highlights done after the all over color had grown out a bit, but the flatness of the over all color had made her outgrowth fairly noticeable. And even though the all over color was not a bad shade, because it lay in stark contrast to her in-coming gray, it made it look a bit yellow. Doing an all over blonde for someone who wants to completely color their gray is fine, but the upkeep should be done no later than 6 weeks. With this client we were looking for something softer, and she was ok with seeing some of her gray. We did a full head of highlights with three different levels of blonde to blend out her root. Now she has more dimension and we slightly neutralized her palette so it will be more similar in tone to her outgrowth.

I know it doesn't look like a huge difference, but it's going to make a big difference in how natural it looks.



Friday, October 4, 2013

Cameron Diaz's Haircolor in The Counselor - Charlotte, NC

I keep seeing posters and trailers for the new movie The Counselor, and I am a little obsessed with Cameron Diaz's cut and color. It's bold, asymmetrical, disconnected, and totally kick-ass. I love the dark roots in contrast with the blonde, especially the short, dark, disconnected face framing. Usually the hair in that sideburn area is so fine anyway - why not cut it short?  It gives the haircut a really edgy and defined look. I think we might start seeing more of this soon!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dyeing to be Red for Fall - Charlotte, NC

Lately I've had a lot of requests for richer, warmer colors for Fall, and a few have wanted to take the plunge for a rich red. If you are going to go red, Fall and Winter are the perfect time to do it. Reds are notoriously bad about fading, so the less time you are in the sun and the salt water, the longer your beautiful, rich color will last. Below are some pictures of two clients who opted for some darker red shades. For their color, and any reds or rich brunettes, I recommend Bumble & Bumble Color Minded shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo is sulfate free and super gentle on color treated hair, but it lathers very well so you still get nice clean hair. The conditioner is moisturizing, but lightweight enough to keep your hair from feeling weighed down.

I apologize for the quality of these pictures, red is difficult to capture without the right lighting and we probably should have just stepped outside to take these.

Jordan ~ Before

Jordan ~ After
(Haircut by Jesse)

Tonya ~ Before

Tonya ~ After
(Haircut by Michelle)